06/07/2010 4:53 PM ET
Armando Galarraga of the Detroit Tigers named Bank of America Presents the American League Player of the Week
Detroit Tigers right-hander Armando Galarraga has been named Bank of America Presents the American League Player of
the Week for the period ending June 6th. Bank of America, the Official Bank of Major League Baseball, is the presenting sponsor of
the American League and National League Player of the Week Awards, which reflect Bank of America's long-standing tradition of
promoting and recognizing higher standards of accomplishment.
On June 2nd, Galarraga lost a bid for a perfect game with two outs in the ninth inning, on a play that was ruled an infield hit by
Cleveland's Jason Donald. Instead, the 28-year-old native of Caracas, Venezuela ended the day with his first-ever complete game
and shutout in the three-strikeout performance. In an emotional and difficult circumstance, Galarraga's remarkable display of grace
and exemplary sportsmanship equaled his greatness on the mound. For both performances, Armando has been awarded the first
weekly honor of his career. Prior to Detroit's 3-0 victory on Wednesday, Galarraga had not limited a team to just one hit since July
22, 2009, when he held the mark through 7.1 innings. On Wednesday, Galarraga joined Mike Mussina (2001 vs. Red Sox) and Pedro
Martinez (1995 vs. Padres) as the only three pitchers in the past 20 years to have retired at least 26 consecutive batters in a game
without completing the perfecto. The last Tigers pitcher to lose a perfect game with two outs in the ninth inning was Milt Wilcox
against the Chicago White Sox at Comiskey Park on April 15, 1983. Armando made history on Wednesday, becoming the first Tigers
pitcher to fire a complete-game, one-hitter since Mike Maroth did so on July 16, 2004 against the New York Yankees at Comerica
Other noteworthy performances included Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim outfielder Torii Hunter, who tied Major League-bests
with five doubles and 10 RBI, and Boston Red Sox catcher Victor Martinez, who led the Majors with a .600 batting average and a .667
on-base percentage. Also considered was Seattle Mariners outfielder Ichiro Suzuki, who is currently the leading vote-getter at his
position for the 2010 American League All-Star team, and led the A.L. with 13 hits and four stolen bases last week.
The Bank of America Presents the American League Player of the Week, Armando Galarraga, is awarded a watch courtesy of
Game Time, the leader in licensed sports watches, available at MLB.com.